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Western Isles coronavirus cluster rises by seven to 31

The number of coronavirus cases linked to a cluster in the Western Isles has risen to 31.

The outbreak in South Uist has increased by 17 in the last five days, with another seven being confirmed last night.

All schools on the island were shut for three days as a precaution earlier this week, with some businesses choosing to close as well.

Schools and businesses shut as Covid-19 cases in Uists rise to 17

Cothrom Nursery in South Uist is closed until further notice after staff were identified as close contacts and A’Chridhe Uile Naomh care home also suspended admissions, visiting and discharges.

NHS Western Isles also took the decision to restrict visiting in Ospadal Uibhist agus Bharraigh to essential visiting only.

The health board’s chief executive Gordon Jamieson appealed to local residents and visitors to keep vigilant and listen to Scottish Government advice.

South Uist records rise in coronavirus cases with 19 new positive tests confirmed and one hospital admission

He said last night: “It is with some disappointment tonight that I have to let you know that today we have had a further seven confirmed cases of Covid-19 associated with the outbreak in South Uist.

“That now brings the total number to 31.

“I think it goes without saying that everyone knows now what we all need to do as individuals to contain and suppress this outbreak and the virus.

“Please given tonight’s position, can I ask you to redouble your efforts in terms of the steps that you personally can take to increase your own vigilance and please to keep contact with others to an absolute minimum.”

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